Air-drying on a clothesline or rack instead of machine is an easy way to cut energy usage and also save money. With "Who Wants to be a Laundry-naire?" you can turn a chore into a game show! Watch the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" style gameshow on the clip-on screen, and buzz in your answers by pressing the letter keys beside each clothes line (can play with a partner...good incentive to turn laundry into a social event with other family members).
Every day a lot of people are spending time traveling by metro train doing nothing. If we calculate, we are losing a lot of time and on the other side we don't have enough time for ourselves. Why not take that chance to improve our language skills and learn some basics from other languages? LED projectors (on train), projecting simple lessons animations on the outside walls. Different metro lines project different languages so it will never get boring. Submitted by Petar Mirkovic.
Lots of parents start involving their children, from an early stage, in different sport activities such as swimming, trekking, climbing. And we all know, in climbing, kids have a special wall arranged for them, with different accessories and helpful supports.
What if, instead of the wall we use a large replica of Planet Earth?
- the mountains chains and volcanoes would come out in relief
- the climbing supports would be fixed in the same places where the mountain peeks are situated on the map
A common problem on the highways is that lots of pedestrian cross the road among cars instead of using the footbridge. This behavior can result in accidents and running over. Would be possible to increase the number of people using the footbridge and to decrease the number of people that across among the cars by making the footbridge cross something funny? This is the objective of the “Magic Footbridge”.
People have many excuses to don't use the zebra crossing. By doing this, they put themselves, other pedestrians and drivers in danger. So how can we make the path to the traffic light more interesting causing people to walk all the way to the zebra crossing? By making it more fun.
Everybody loves popping bubble wraps. By putting footprints with eletronic sensors connected to speakers, people'd feel like they're popping it by stepping on the footprints. This way, we'd be using their fascination with bubble wrap to lead them to the crosswalk.
Submitted by Tiago Oliveira and Alexandre Bonfim
A more fun way to recycle your newspaper!
Many people around the world appreciate to read free newspapers when they travel with the subway. The problem is that too many people don’t recycle their newspaper when they’ve read it. This is damaging the environment and costs lots of money to clean – Money that raises ticket prices.
Can we get people to change their behaviour by making it more fun to recycle their newspapers?
Submitted by William Törnqvist
Our idea is a fun positive way to tackle the major littering problems in any populated area or city. The idea is to encourage people to throw their rubbish in the public bins already provided, with a few adjustments of course! By placing nets, goals or target boards onto bins in specific problem areas or high risk litter zones e.g. In and around Sports stadiums, music festivals and other major outdoor events, we could tackle the problem directly and have fun doing so!
Submitted by Msgana
It is estimated that somewhere between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are consumed throughout the world each year and that by 1996, four out of every five grocery bags used were plastic (source: The Environmental Literacy Council)! But did you know that the production of paper bags generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than the production of plastic bags?
It's always a great habit to have the seat belt on when driving a car, the thing is that, as a passenger, this habit does not exist as firmly as when driving. So, the question would be: can we get more people to use their seat belt by making it fun to do?. This idea is great either for kids, who are known for disliking seat belts, or for anyone that wants to have fun by being safe.
Submitted by Andrés López Rivera
Moving because it's fun, not because you have to. The idea is to make billboards and posters in the city or at the office with an activity on there. Moving is fun! are tasks/activitites you can preform during your daily routine. While outside or at work. The tasks are very simple and don't cost you a lot of extra time. You don't need extra material, just use the surroundings of the city or the office. For example: when you walk in the city walk only on the white stripes of a zebracrossing.
When it is raining, most of the big scale shopping malls would place an "umbrella plastic bag stand" at the entrances, prevent the wet umbrellas bring the water to make the floor slippery. Even it would prevent accidents, but it produces loads of plastic bags in a very short time when the customers leave the mall.
Instead we can use Dog the dryer!
Bigger umbrella can use a bigger size dog.
Smaller dog for a rather short umbrella.
Just simply place the wet umbrella into the dog body,
grab the tail of th dog, then,
Most batteries become highly hazardous at the end of their useful life.
Therefore it is necessary to collect them for appropriate disposal or recycling.
The idea is to make an eye-catching mechanism (similar to the one in Charlie Chaplins movie ‘Modern Times’) that is activated through batteries. Every inserted battery makes the mechanism turn for several seconds. The more batteries are inserted, the longer the machine is working. Submitted by Bernhard Neuwirth and Alina Avscharova
Can you make more people use the public transport? What if a bus would have an interactive karaoke system? This bus would know how many people would be inside it and would light or make a sound either on the seat or on the handle where a person would be located. This would mean that it the person would be the one to sing. Screens would be located in different places in side the bus. This could be an attraction to make more people leave their cars at home and at the same time arrive work with a smile!
Submitted by Rui Miguel Conde
We understood that the concept of fun theory has been created to change trough fun wrong behaviours of the citizens. Since there, we tried to find “wrong behaviours” around us. In fact in Lisbon, our city, you will find two places very dirty: Bairro alto and Santos. They are party places; you can find there plenty of bars and a lot of people, mostly on weekends. Also in those places you don’t find a lot of garbage, that’s why the floor is full of glasses, empty bottles and smoked cigarettes. Nowadays no one does the effort to reach garbage. We decided to change that precise behaviour.
I thought of a sequence of thick tiles, made up of four buttons, each of which gets illuminated when a person stops on it. It could be a system of weight sensors.
The whole scheme could also include a turnstile at the end of the path. The rotation of this turnstile should make the colors, illuminating the tiles, change. All these changes could catch the attention of other people coming.
A simple, inexpensive and direct idea to make people more active during ‘dead’ times. Think of all the wasted time you spend commuting, stuck in traffic, buses and trains... Springs can be replacing handles or hang together with them, also they could be attached to the bus walls and will be accompanied by fun messages that invite people to try them out. You could also use special strenght-measurer handles, (already existing in the market), to make it more fun!
Submitted by Luisa Cartei.
Although most of us like to be physically active, most of us do not consistently exercise. Maybe that's because we don't enjoy exercising as much as other less physically demanding activities such as watching TV. Parkour is a training method founded by David Belle. It can be practiced anywhere – from urban settings, to playgrounds, to nature, and anywhere with obstacles man made or natural.
Submitted by Adam Dunlap
Recycling is getting more and more wide-spread. We will have learnt already how things are possible to be reused, how they should be sorted and where they should be put. However, more attention should still be paid to the recycling of batteries. We all use appliances for which batteries are needed. But when the batteries run down, what do we do with them? Sometimes we take them and throw them away in a box or a bin somewhere in an electric appliance shop. Why not playing a bit when throwing them away, though? All of us have once played Tetris, so why not playing it with run down batteries?
My idea is to use a rear end auto LED sign to promote polite visual driving language while in your car. Imagine a series of polite words that indicate your intent to turn left or to turn right, and thank others afterwards. Such politeness could change the way we interpret another drivers intent and could avoid prevent a lot of road rage.
Submitted by Mutope J Johnson